Canucks At Ducks Game Preview: Hell Awaits

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DUCKS

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Time Fri. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 1-0 Ducks
Last Meeting
7-3 Ducks Jan.19/13
The Enemy Anaheim Calling, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 1-3-4
Winnik: 4-1-5
Canucks
Category Ducks
1-1-1 Season Record 2-0-0
10th
Conference Position 6th
Won 1
Streak Won 2
0-0-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
0-0-0
2.33 (11)
Goals Per Game Average
6.00 (1)
3.67 (28)
Goals Against Per Game Average
3.50 (24)
0.67 (20)
5 On 5 GF/GA 3.00 (3)
23.1 (12)
Power Play %
60.0 (1)
58.3 (28)
Penalty Kill %
42.9 (30)
47.7 (22)
Faceoffs % 53.6 (5)
75 (13)
Hits
38 (26)
35 (24)
Blocked Shots
32 (25)
9.7 (6)
PIM's Per Game Average
7.0 (1)
NHL.com

The Canucks have 2 wins and 3 losses in their last 5 games played in Anaheim. The Canucks really need to continue their improved play since the damned season opener against the Ducks (a 7-3 loss). That game was so full of defensive fails and shitty goaltending that I have done my best to forget that it even happened. It's so much easier to forget after the shootout win against the Flames and the sudden emergence of Zack Kassian. Hopefully the Kassassin continues his strong play in Anaheim. If he does, he is going to piss these Ducks off to no end.

I love the play of the Zacken over the past two games but I remain cautious in my optimism. He just turned 22 years old yesterday. He's not always going to be this good. I don't want to heap unrealistic expectations on the kid. But if he can continue his current effort levels, continue playing with the Sedins, then it's possible that he will put up several more points in the coming games. I think he compliments the Twins. Long have they needed that Trent Klatt / Anson Carter bigger forward to play on their line. I'm not discounting Alexandre Burrows and his success there. But it sure as hell is nice to have options. And really, it was nice to see Burr anchor that second line last game. At least he made the good passes, which Andrew Ebbett failed to do.

Having said all that, the problem of scoring goals remains an issue for the Canucks (looking at you, Burrows and Higgins). They average about 2 goals in regulation over their first 3 games. If you want to score at that paltry rate, then you gotta keep the puck out of your own net that much better. The Canucks are not quite doing that either. 2-0 Vancouver leads are not good enough at this point. Twice have they given a lead like that up and gone to a damned shootout.

And speaking of the shootout, why oh why Mr. Vigneault do you make shitty choices for shootout contestants? I don't know what Daniel Sedin's shootout record is but I'll bet it's in the 5% accuracy range. The only reasons AV didn't look like an idiot for his choices against the Flames were:

1. Cory Schneider was a damned WALL.

2. Burrows and Kassian scored. Play the kids in the shootout, AV. Kassian and Schroeder, first and second shooters. Hell, make Burrows the 3rd shooter. We need all the points we can get.

OK, enough ranting.

I just want to tip my hat to Teemu Selanne, a 42 year old guy who still plays like he's 34. Yea, he plays for the enemy but fuck it. I really like this guy. The epitome of class. The best damned 42 year old player since..what...Gordie Howe? But Teemu, for the love of god, I hope somebody keeps your old crinkly old ass in check this time around. No more Canuck killing! I think Teemu has something like 40 goals and and 85 points in 72 career games against Vancouver. I think that would make him the biggest Canuck killer of all time.

My fave all-time goal celebration was performed by...Teemu Selanne after he breaks the NHL record for most goals in a season by an NHL rookie (1993):

BANG BANG BANG! Love it!

The Ducks have scored 12 goals in their first 2 games (both on the road). 4 of those goals by Daniel (who?) Winnik. Impressive. Also impressive is the lack of penalties they have taken in those first 2 games. Not impressive: Their PK. See above. I'd like to see the Canucks get an early lead here and make the Ducks chase them instead of the other way around. Maybe THEN the Quacks will start taking penalties, I mean, how the fuck is Cory Perry containing himself?

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Cory Schneider

#35 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

195

Mar 18, 1986



Hank - Dank - Zank (Kassian)

Higgins - Burrows - Hansen

Raymond - Schroeder - Weise (folks, Weise is a 4th liner. Period)

Malhotra - Lapierre - Volpatti

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Edler - Garrison

Ballard - Tanev


Jonas Hiller

#1 / Goalie / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

194

Feb 12, 1982



Palmieri - Getzlaf - Perry

Ryan - Bonino - Selanne

Cogliano - Koivu - Winnik

Beleskey - Rickard Rakell - Smith-Pelly

Souray - Sbisa

Allen - Fowler

Lydman - Beauchemin

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 9-2 in their last 11 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 13-6 in their last 19 Friday games.
  • Canucks are 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
  • Canucks are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference.
  • Canucks are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Pacific.
  • Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
  • Ducks are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Ducks are 2-7 in their last 9 games following a win.
  • Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games.

PREDICTION

Ducks will be pumped for their home opener. While I respect that the Canucks are improving every game, I think the Quacks are on a huge roll right now.

4-3 Ducks in overtime. Bobby Ryan with the winner. You got a problem with that?

SCORE - PREDICTING WIZARDS LEADERBOARD

1. andrew21nz: 2

1. Meat Mayos: 2

1. raincity: 2

1. westy99: 2

2. Thursday: 1

VIDEO

A big thanks to Jeff Rules for posting this vid on the Nucks Misconduct Facebook Page:

How embarrassing is that, hey?

I'm telling you: Canucks-Ducks games are rarely boring affairs:

Ryan Kesler "hates" Cory Perry. I miss Ryan Kesler:

The title of this post is brought to you by Backstree SLAYER!

GO CANUCKS GO!

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